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Food Bank seeking votes in Facebook competition

The Food Bank of WNY is appealing to the public to vote on Facebook by Friday to help it obtain up to $1 million in a national competition to fight hunger.

Walmart has established the competition involving 100 cities, with the first food shelter receiving $1 million, and the next five getting $100,000. The Food Bank, which had been in second place but more recently slipped to sixth, needs Facebook users to vote at http://fight

inghunger.walmart.com/city/Buffalo-Niagara-Falls-NY.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to help us feed the hungry in Buffalo and Niagara Falls," said Marylou Borowiak, president and CEO of the Food Bank.

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Community members invited to meeting on budget

Expected cuts in state aid could make 2011-12 the most difficult budget year ever for school districts, so Sweet Home officials want residents to watch the process each step of the way.

School Superintendent Anthony J. Day and the School Board invite community members to a community budget meeting to learn about the budget process and to ask questions.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Those interested in attending the community budget meeting are asked to contact the superintendent's office at 250-1402 by Jan. 18.

The board will meet to discuss the budget at 8 a.m. Jan. 22 and Feb. 12 in the district offices in the high school.

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Project nominations sought for award

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking nominations that exemplify historic preservation projects in Western New York by Jan. 10.

The preservation organization will honor the 2011 Preservation Award recipients at a May luncheon.

Projects are being sought that illustrate excellence in restoration, adaptive reuse, stewardship, landscape preservation and compatible new construction. Individuals and organizations with outstanding preservation achievements can also be nominated.

For additional information and nomination forms, go to www.p-b-n.org.

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Public hearing scheduled on Richardson Complex

A public hearing regarding redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex will be held at 6 p.m. next Thursday in Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The Draft Generic Impact Statement and General Project Plan were given a green light for futher evaluation two weeks ago by Empire State Development Corp.

There will be a description of the project's plan, assessment of potential environmental impacts and possible sources and uses of state funds.

Deadline for public comment is 5 p.m. Jan. 17. Written comments can be sent to: Paul Tronolone, Empire State Development Corp., 95 Perry St., Buffalo, NY 14203, or e-mail to ptronolone@empire.state.ny.us.

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